Spotless
Spotless 4.0.0
Your rating: Now say why...

0

Enable/disable Spotlight auto-indexing.   Shareware ($16.95)
Add to my Watch List
Email me when discounted
Spotless is a simple utility designed to disable and enable Spotlight's auto indexing with the click of a button.

The hostconfig file is read during the boot process to determine which services will be running once the computer has finished booting. Spotless changes the SPOTLIGHT entry in the hostconfig file from -YES- to -NO- or from -NO- to -YES-. A restart will be required to apply the change.

Please note that Spotlight searching will not be available until Spotlight indexing is enabled. This includes the "find" functionality of the Finder. The purpose
What's New
Version 4.0.0:
  • This version of Spotless has been updated to be fully compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7.x





MacUpdate - Spotless




  • TinkerTool Sys...
    +3

  • iFileX
    +2
Spotless User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
(6)

sort: smiles | time
burypromote
+2

+66
Doug Engelbart commented on 05 Oct 2012
To find files and text contents, I prefer FileBuddy or EasyFind etc. instead of Spotlight. Spotlight always tries to scan volumes which can annoyingly stress these volumes and abrade them. It even slows down volume performances by indexing while you are working on those volumes. In OSX.8 you can exclude volumes from being indexed via Spotlight's prefpane, but what if you have dozens of external drives and USB sticks (like me)? Why not simply deactivate Spotlight completely? Please update Spotless for OSX.8.2! Finally! Urgently! (Hey Apple, thanks for the big OFF button in Time Machine; but where is the OFF button for Spotlight???)
[Version 4.0.0]


burypromote
+1

+72
Tvalleau commented on 16 Aug 2012
Are these folks still in business? Nothing new on their site for four months; emails go unanswered...
[Version 4.0.0]

1 Reply

burypromote

+131
Lounge Deluxe replied on 15 Dec 2012
Abandonware. I now simply use the build in Spotlite tweak features of TinkerTool System, that does the trick for me too.
burypromote
+1

+131
Lounge Deluxe commented on 02 Apr 2012
Spotless is still not compatible to Lion and no mentioning on Fixamac's website of a release date for an updated version. Odd.
[Version 3.0]

2 Replies

burypromote
-1

+1199
Misha replied on 17 Apr 2012
Version 4.0 (supports OS X 10.7) was just released today. Enjoy!
burypromote
+1

+131
Lounge Deluxe replied on 16 May 2012
Awesome (though released much too late), but I wonder if I need to pay for another upgrade if 10.8 comes out in 2 months or so. It would be appreciated if Fixamac comments on this matter.
burypromote
+1

+1
ivanzoid commented on 19 Jan 2012
Too much messages that I'm "unregistered". Not even going to see what app offers further, because it's too annoying
[Version 3.0]


burypromote
+1

+1

Janus Madsen reviewed on 13 Mar 2011
This app does exactly what it says. allowing you to disable and reset Spotlight indexing when system seems to go crazy and and bring out the beach ball more often then not.
[Version 3.0]


burypromote
+1

+198

Ronl reviewed on 02 Mar 2009
Thanks for keeping this app updated!
Very useful.
Definitely worth the price.
I've been using it for around two years now with no problems.
For anyone that thinks that OSX's 'Privacy' setting is any ways near comparable... it's not.
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote
+1

+342
Xenophile commented on 28 Apr 2008
How is this better than simply going to System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Privacy and adding HD's, Volumes, or folders to the Do Not Index list?

$20 seems pretty steep for an app that just gives a shortcut to a preexisting System Preferences feature.
[Version 2.0]

4 Replies

burypromote
+2

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 19 Jan 2009
System Preference's Privacy pane doesn't always work, where Spotless does. Also, Spotless gives you more options.
burypromote
-1

+162
donmontalvo replied on 22 Mar 2009
If Spotlight is "broken", why not report it to Apple so they can fix it? Rather than spending money on a hack?

https://bugreport.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/RadarWeb.woa/wa/signIn

Don
burypromote
+4

+18
Zoidbert replied on 27 Apr 2009
Good advice but, speaking as someone who's mentioned this problem (Spotlight not remembering when you tell it not to index a drive) since Spotlight's introduction, I can attest they don't always fix things right off. They fix a lot, sure, but not all of it. Spotless fills that gap.
burypromote
+1

+162
donmontalvo replied on 27 Apr 2009
Good point, maybe it's best to do both. Buy Spotless, as well as submit a bug report. I wonder if Spotless' functions can be duplicated with normal shell commands?

Don
burypromote
+2

+299

F451 reviewed on 27 Jan 2008
I have many drives, and Spotless is the best means of handling volume indexing that I have come across. Since its beginning I have licensed Spotless, and I find the upgrade fee to be more than fair considering how much use and time you receive from each version of Spotless. The Developer is very receptive. I am anxious for Printer Setup Repair to be released for Leopard; another must-have utility by the same Developer.
[Version 2.0]


burypromote
+3

+72
JasonE commented on 18 Jan 2008
Too expensive for a unitasker utility. Besides, that, the author has more than doubled the price in less than a year. At this rate, it is going to cost the price of an OS in a couple years. I shy away from authors that do this, as do most companies and corporations. It puts them in a bad spot when it becomes a standard install and the price gets to be more than the value.
[Version 2.0]


burypromote

zxpt reviewed on 09 Sep 2007
Essential utility for any spotlight user. Very elegant design provides detailed control of any attached volume. Over time indexes simply flatten out and become inefficient, Spotless enables me to keep Spotlight at maximum performance and only applicable where needed. I just rebuild my main drive once again and the index directory size shrunk from 275 to 128MB.
[Version 1.2.5]


burypromote

+23
Mextex had trouble on 23 Nov 2011
Is it possible to enable spotlight indexing a time capsule drive (not just the time machine backupson the time capsule, but the whole time capsule drive)??

Hope this app is Lion-ready soon...
[Version 3.0]


burypromote

+3
dmorgan had trouble on 31 Aug 2009
both attempts to download the 2.05 version have failed. Neither here at MacUpdate or directly from the Spotless site worked. Both disk images were 'damaged' and unopenable. ???
Any help here???
[Version 2.0.5]

2 Replies

burypromote

+403
MacUpdate-Lon replied on 31 Aug 2009
Confirmed: the Spotless 2.0.5 .dmg does not mount, at least not for you and me. Only the developer can fix the issue.
burypromote
+1

+1
Esemka commented on 31 Aug 2009
You might also want to try CloneEject (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/25639) , it servers the same purpose - enabling or disabling spotlight on a given volume.

Henrique Azevedo rated on 03 May 2011

[Version 3.0]


Downloads:41,465
Version Downloads:13,912
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:17 Apr 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $16.95
Overall (Version 4.x):
Features:
Ease of Use:
Value:
Stability:
Displaying 1-10 of 19
1 2 >
Displaying 1-2 of 2
Displaying 1-1 of 1
-
-
-
Please login or create a new
MacUpdate Member account
to use this feature
Watch Lists are available to
MacUpdate Desktop Members
Upgrade Now
Install with MacUpdate Desktop.
Save time moving files & cleaning
up space wasting archives.
Spotless is a simple utility designed to disable and enable Spotlight's auto indexing with the click of a button.

The hostconfig file is read during the boot process to determine which services will be running once the computer has finished booting. Spotless changes the SPOTLIGHT entry in the hostconfig file from -YES- to -NO- or from -NO- to -YES-. A restart will be required to apply the change.

Please note that Spotlight searching will not be available until Spotlight indexing is enabled. This includes the "find" functionality of the Finder. The purpose of this tool is to disable Spolight indexing for a limited time while functions that Spotlight interferes with are performed - such as creating bootable backups, or performance issues related to new Mac OS X installations / upgrades.


- -